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Nicholas Xenakis

Special Counsel

Covington & Burling LLP

Washington, DC, USA

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Nicholas’ Biography

Nick Xenakis is a lawyer and policy expert on Congress, national security, technology, immigration and criminal justice. He uses his expertise to advise clients as Special Counsel at Covington & Burling, a top ranked law firm. He previously served as General Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats and Chief Counsel to US Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Immediately before joining Covington, Nick served as Chief Counsel for Senator Feinstein and Staff Director of the Human Rights and the Law Subcommittee. In those roles, he was responsible for overseeing the subcommittee's activities as well as managing Senator Feinstein's Judiciary staff. His significant contributions include advising the Senator on issues related to nominations, legislation and oversight.

As General Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, Nick participated in the confirmation hearings of two Supreme Court Justices and an Attorney General, as well as legislation addressing appropriations, COVID-19 relief packages and the National Defense Authorization Act. His broad knowledge of public policy...
Nick Xenakis is a lawyer and policy expert on Congress, national security, technology, immigration and criminal justice. He uses his expertise to advise clients as Special Counsel at Covington & Burling, a top ranked law firm. He previously served as General Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats and Chief Counsel to US Senator Dianne Feinstein.

Immediately before joining Covington, Nick served as Chief Counsel for Senator Feinstein and Staff Director of the Human Rights and the Law Subcommittee. In those roles, he was responsible for overseeing the subcommittee's activities as well as managing Senator Feinstein's Judiciary staff. His significant contributions include advising the Senator on issues related to nominations, legislation and oversight.

As General Counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats, Nick participated in the confirmation hearings of two Supreme Court Justices and an Attorney General, as well as legislation addressing appropriations, COVID-19 relief packages and the National Defense Authorization Act. His broad knowledge of public policy and the law has given Nick the expertise to advise the country’s leaders and other prominent figures.

As part of Covington’s public policy team, Nick continues to utilize his unique skillset to offer legal and regulatory guidance to corporate clients, with a focus on antitrust, transactional matters and intellectual property, among other US policy concerns.

Nick started his career as an attorney at the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he assisted indigent clients faced with felony, misdemeanor and capital offenses at all levels of litigation. He also clerked for Judge Robert King on the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Nick holds a BA from Kenyon College and a JD from Stanford University Law School.
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Former Senate Judiciary General Counsel Nick Xenakis Joins Covington

In this article announcing his move to Covington & Burling’s public policy practice in Washington, Nicholas Xenakis expresses his enthusiasm for starting a new chapter in his career.

Nicholas’ Background

Covington & Burling LLP
Special Counsel
Sep 2021 - Present
Washington, DC, USA
Covington & Burling LLP is a leading law firm specializing in public policy, content creation and distribution, cybersecurity, insurance claims, intellectual property, media disputes and white collar investigations.
The Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein
Chief Counsel
Jan 2021 - Sep 2021
Washington, DC, USA
Nick served as Chief Counsel to Senator Dianne Feinstein. She is the senior US Senator representing California, a position she has held since 1992.
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Covington's policy team adds ex-Senate Judiciary general counsel
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Sep 2021
Nick discusses his decision to join Covington's public policy team in Washington, D.C., and how eager he is to be a part of the world of technology consulting.

Bar Admissions

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New York State Bar Association
Member
New York, NY, USA
The New York State Bar Association seeks to promote the discipline of justice, advance legal reforms, enhance the values of integrity and dignity in the legal industry, and improve the administration of justice.

Nicholas’ Education

Stanford University Law School
Juris Doctor
2007 - 2010
Kenyon College
Bachelor of Arts
2001 - 2005